The law given to Adam and Eve

When God spoke specific things to the serpent, Eve and Adam in Genesis 3, for all practical purposes He was “laying down the law” . We saw that God took away all that was beautiful in the serpent (which he used to trick Eve into thinking he was an angel of God). Instead of a glorious creature the serpent became a slithering snake in the grass.

What God said to Eve was short but not sweet. In Genesis 3:16 we read:

Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

Because Eve allowed herself to be deceived by the words of the serpent, the act of childbirth became one full of pain instead of pure bliss. Instead of being on equal footing with her husband Adam; Eve would now be in subjection to him and seek to please him and not herself.

Experts have argued over the meaning of Genesis 3:16 for thousands of years. Obviously there is more that took place in the first few verses of Genesis 3 than what is recorded in the Bible. Whatever the serpent did to seduce Eve away from God and Adam was a BIG DEAL. God was not pleased and the new order He laid out represents not only punishment and judgment, but also “the letter of the law” .

What God said to Adam is extremely important to understand due to the relationship God and Adam had. Adam was the first human God made. Adam received from God incredible authority, promises, blessings and responsibility. God absolutely trusted Adam that he would obey the word He gave him. Adam absolutely trusted God that the word He gave him was the truth.

Eve was the first one to be deceived and Adam quickly yielded to her word and was deceived himself. Instead of staking his existence on the word God had given to him; he assumed Eve had met an angel and God had given them a “new word” . He was dead wrong and Genesis 3:17-19 tells us what God had to say about what took place:

And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

To say that God was angry with Adam would be the understatement of all time. What Adam did not only represented disobedience, it was a transgression equal to treason. Adam willingly threw away everything God had given and promised to him. Adam's transgression introduced sin into the world and with that sin came sickness, sorrow, pain etc. Sin separated Adam from God and broke the relationship built on trust to pieces.

God had no choice but to lay out a new order built upon and as a result of what took place in Genesis 3. This new order is the first evidence of a law and it was given because of what happened and to keep mankind from falling into a perpetual state of separation from God. Ultimately God drove Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden and told them as they went: Go and sin no more.

Thank you and Blessings 2 You!

John Knox @watchmanjohn ·

You still have my interest in this series of blogs - looking forward to more.


K Reynolds @kreynolds ·

From the beginning, God had a boundary. All of this is yours but this... this is off-limits. The enticement was not only do we know what is best, we can become like God Himself. What a lie!

What choice did God have but to put us under the confinement of law for our own protection? It is horrible enough to hear of anarchy in isolated places but can you imagine what it would be like if it was world-wide? :eek: We would annihilate ourselves.

Now it was no longer, you are free to do all things except this. Instead it became you cannot do this and this and this and this and this...
It is only through Christ that we indeed become free.


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